Paincourtville native, Dan Brouillette officially went from Deputy U.S. Energy Secretary to U.S. Secretary Monday. Brouillette was confirmed by a 70-15 vote in the senate to follow Rick Perry, who announced his resignation earlier this year.
When Perry first announced he was stepping down, Brouillette joined Brian Haldane to talk about the nomination and a few other Louisiana energy related topics.
Honored to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate to lead the outstanding employees of @ENERGY. Together, we are going to change lives for the better, keep our country secure, and conquer the challenges that lie ahead. pic.twitter.com/rF9WENEQtQ
— Dan Brouillette (@EnergyDepSec) December 3, 2019
Both of Louisiana’s Senators have released statements showing their support of Brouillette.
“Dan Brouillette understands that sound energy policy benefits energy workers, creates jobs and furthers America’s goal of energy dominance. He will serve our country well as secretary. Louisiana is fortunate to have one of ours in this position,” said Dr. Cassidy.
“Dan is a rock star. He’s served with distinction as the deputy secretary of energy, and I can’t think of anyone more deserving to lead the Department of Energy,” said Sen. Kennedy. “He exercises power intelligently, not emotionally, and he will be extraordinary in this new role.”
Brouillette will be officially sworn in at a later date.